Drogheda United has today added two further players Gavan Holohan and Carl Walshe to the squad, bringing the signings so far to five.
Though young, both the latest signings already have English league experience under their belts but returned to League of Ireland during last year’s summer transfer window and found it tough to compete for positions that were already occupied by strong incumbents.
22 year old Holohan was awarded a scholarship contract with Hull at the age of 16 and spent four years at the English club, captaining the youth team and getting bench time with the first team.
Robbie Horgan said, “Gavan came on trial last year and had bags of potential. His natural position is at central midfield and he can also fill in at right back. When he came in there was already stiff competition for his preferred position so he played a couple of times at the back and is comfortable covering there if needed. I’ve seen what he can do in the centre of the field and I want to give him the opportunity to step into the limelight. He knows that I will be starting with a blank canvas and he has exactly the kind of mentality and desire to succeed that I want in my squad.”
21 year old centre-forward Walshe signed for Portsmouth in 2009 and was released in 2012 as a result of the club’s ongoing financial difficulties. He signed for Shelbourne in mid-2013.
“Carl is a player that excites me. He’s only 21 and already has a wealth of experience from his time with Portsmouth. He’s got a great attitude and maturity and I believe he is one to watch for the future. I am confident that he will bring some great energy to that number 10 position,” enthused Horgan following the signing.